Advocating in D.C.

Forty-two Trinity Episcopal School eighth-graders and some staff members traveled to Washington, D.C., last month. As part of their seminar class, students had to choose a social justice issue to research; during the trip they lobbied senators, organizations and representatives on issues of gun safety, homelessness, immigration, clean energy and clean water.

The gun safety group – which had researched gun laws, pending legislation and their impact along with creating a video advocating for background checks – met with the National Rifle Association and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The group was led by Trinity faculty/staff Josh Thornton, Jen Rankey, Tracy Onze and Head of School Tom Franz.

Pictured, from left, are Tracy Onze, Kirkland Cobb, Charlie Knight, Jake Everett, Tait McMillian, Isabel Kelligrew, Nigel Chambers, Hayes Johnson, Ava DeVine, Sen. Graham, Terrell Spears, Oriana Cardarelli, Tyler Grier, MC Beecy, Josh Thornton, Ele McCarter and Rachel Sundar.

“Unlike normal schools who just visit museums and monuments, our school went there with a goal: to make some kind of lasting impression,” said Isabel. “This is something I will always carry with me because it showed me that it is important to fight for your beliefs. That is the only way to make a change, and I believe we did.”

Reid Creager